About D. K. Hamilton:
My name is Lyndsay, but I write under the pen name D. K. Hamilton. I’m an engineer by day, runner, country music fan, & beach lover fulfilling my dream to be a writer. I’m also slightly addicted to Snapple iced tea and Starbucks mochas. I was born and raised along the southern part of the Jersey Shore, and after college, I moved right back to my hometown. I love it here and wouldn’t want to live any place else!
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl. I have memories as an 8 year old reading Baby-Sitters Club books every spare minute I had! By the time I reached my late 20s, I decided to make my dream a reality and write a book. So far, I’ve self-published my debut novel, The Other Side of Later, and I’m working on its sequel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been a resident of the southeastern corner of the Jersey Shore my entire life, and I love it. The people, the places…I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. A great piece of advice I received when I first started writing was to write about what you know so that’s what I did. My latest (and only so far) book, The Other Side of Later, takes place in a small town on the Jersey Shore. The places and even a lot of the characters reflect what I know best. Someday, I hope to step out of that comfort zone, but for now, I like that my stories reflect where I come from, but for now, I think it gives them a sense of authenticity.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wish I were more organized when it came to writing. Most of the time, I get an idea and I just take off with it to see where it goes. It’s great from a creative sense because there have been times I’ve written a couple thousand words in no time, but I usually end up having to go back and work an outline so that all events mesh together. I also usually listen to music as I write. With each book, I create a playlist and I find myself associating certain songs with particular scenes of the book. By the time I’m finished writing, I have a soundtrack for the book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to them. Sometimes I feel as though a scene between characters starts to write itself. I hear the characters and the words just flow onto the page.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can offer is if you love to write, just keep writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing isn’t my full time job. I still have a day job so I decided self-publishing, where I could set the pace, was the way to go. It’s not easy, and if I’m being honest, I’ve still trying to find my marketing grove a year after I self-published my debut novel.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is here to stay, but I also think the traditional publishing houses will stand the test of time. Self-publishing isn’t for the faint of heart, and there’s a lot to be said about the market reach large, traditional publishing companies have. That being said, I still plan to stick with self-publishing for the time being.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, None of the above 🙂
What genres do you write?: chick lit, romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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